Xalapa, Mexico, Jun 9, 2020 / 12:49 pm
The Xalapa Cathedral and the Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Mexico’s Veracruz state were vandalized June 8 during a march protesting local police repression.
According to La Silla Rota, the incident that sparked the demonstration was the death in police custody of Carlos Andrés Navarro. Family and friends of the young man, who had demonstrated peacefully, disavowed and condemned the violence, the media reported.
Graffiti spray painted on church walls included the messages “pedophiles,” “oppressive state,” “rapists,” “war on the state and capitalism,” and the anarchist symbol.
Various public and private buildings in downtown Xalapa were damaged by about 50 marchers.
ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language news partner, reported that a statue of the Blessed Virgin in the Xalapa cathedral was also damaged,
Five churches in Xalapa were tagged during the early hours of June 1 with slogans such as "keep your rosaries off our ovaries," "(abortion) will become law," "get angry sister," "no more femicides," "abortion will be legal," "pederasts," and "pedophile murderers."
Speaking to ACI Prensa, Fr. José Manuel Suazo Reyes, communications director of the Archdiocese of Xalapa, commenting on the June 8 incident, said that “unfortunately we’re experiencing these kinds of demonstrations that in their passage destroy everything they find.”
“We lament that law enforcement would tolerate these kinds of outrageous acts against third parties. We citizens are defenseless,” he added.